It’s the most beautiful spring blossom tree! - Jul 09, 2021

Dinner with Liz, was an eye-opener?

Dear gardening friends
In just a few weeks, this amazing spring blossom tree, will burst into bloom. It actually flowers before spring starts.
It's just too impatient to wait.

Almost everyone thinks it's a flowering Cherry. It's actually a Flowering Plum.
It's ornamental, so you won't get edible fruit.

Flowering Plums are so much tougher than Flowering Cherries. They thrive in our hot dry climate. You'll see some beauties around Macarthur.

But there are two varieties of Flowering Plums. One gets tiny little pink flowers, that will fill you with disappointment.

The other gets double Pink flowers, that will fill you with love, and inspire you to write poetry.

It's called Prunus blireana.
It's the double flowering Plum.

This tree has the bronze coloured foliage that really pops in your garden.

This amazing hardy tree grows about 3-4 metres high by 3-4 metres wide. It could be pruned to any height.

The best time to plant them is right now. Today, on a Friday, after lunch.
Times ticking.
Yes we have them.
15 plants only.
Zoom zoom.

I've just had a spooky experience with Lorraine Waldock.

I've driven along her street in Camden for 20 years, but I've never noticed her beautiful Camellia until today.

Lorraine told me she bought it from a church fete in Elderslie, 45 years ago.
We don't think the Church is still there, but Lorraine's Camellia, has never looked back.

It's a Camellia sasanqua called "Hiryu".
It's one of the hardiest varieties on the planet, and especially suited to topiary, because it grows so fast.

Lorraine said her mother was the original gardener in the family home, and she lived until she was almost 104. Here father lived until he was 102. She said her mother was still playing Bingo, right up until she died.

Lorraine's son has taken over looking after the garden now. He was a gardener at Carrington Retirement Village until he recently retired.

She said he's always digging Manure into the soil and mulching with Sugarcane.

She likes to keep it pruned into this lovely shape.

Camellias all over Sydney are flowering better this winter than ever before. The rain in autumn has made them thrive.

I discovered that Lorraine's family are from Junee. They lived on site, at the old Junee hospital. My family come from Junee too.
Small world.

I was dreaming about cooking Lamb Shanks during the week. The recipe I use, has to have fresh home grown Rosemary, to make it pop.

I have a Rosemary plant at home of course, but I recently pruned it back by 75% with the hedge trimmer.

As I was purchasing the Lamb Shanks, I suddenly remembered that I'd pruned the Rosemary plants out the front of St Peter's Church by 75% in autumn. So I did a drive by, to see if they had recovered.

I pruned these two shrubs accidentally. I was parked out the front, watering trees, that I'd planted nearby.

I was looking at the Rosemary plants thinking, wow they need a good prune, when i suddenly realised I had my hedge trimmer in the boot of my car!

The results have been spectacular. The Rosemary shrubs which looked tired, beaten and in decline, have rediscovered their fountain of youth. They have totally transformed into beautiful shrubs that are covered in long stems of Rosemary.
They'd be perfect for skewers.

I picked a bunch of Rosemary.
I always carry my secateurs in the car.

I took it home.
I cut it up fine, and combined it with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, with lots of pink salt and fresh ground pepper.

I rolled the Lamb shanks in this until they were coated, then sat them on a bed of onions.

I cooked them slowly for 90 minutes, and served them on a mound of mashed potato with onion gravy.

It was amazing.
It was almost a religious experience.
It's as close as I'm going to get.

Steven Mumford dropped in to see me yesterday. That's him in the photo with the Kalanchoe beharensis. I've known Steve for years, but we first met in unusual circumstances.

We got invited to Liz Kernohan's place for dinner one night, to help raise money for Lifeline.

Liz had rung me out of the blue, and said she was inviting me and my wife for dinner, "it was going to cost me $200, I'll see you next Friday."

When we turned up Steven and his wife, were already sitting at the dining table.
Liz had got up to let us in, before announcing that she doesn't cook or clean, and that she'd given her helper the night off.

We sat down, had a glass of wine or two, and listened to Liz tell us stories about her love of Camden, and a bit of politics too.
Liz was our local member at the time.

Liz wasn't a gardener, but she had the most magnificent Weeping Flowering Cherry out the front of her house, that she was very proud of.

After an hour or so she announced that we were having Tomato Soup for entree. Rosella Tomato soup was her favourite, and she made a speech about its benefits.

After another 20 minutes or so, I decided I better go and check on the soup. It was in a huge cauldron, and boiling away madly like something out of a movie. Empty Rosella cans were scattered around the kitchen, like they'd been in a fight.

I stirred the soup from the bottom and added some water, to bring it back to soup. I searched the cupboards for bowls and my wife appeared, with a smile on her face, and we served it up.

We ate the soup, it was just as Liz had described it. We listened to more stories then I cleared the plates, and we sat back down for more stories.

At a prescribed time Liz slipped me $50.00 and said could I go and pick up the Pizzas from Enzos Restaurant.

Surprisingly this didn't phase me.
I had a smile on my face as I left the house and headed down to Enzos.

We ate the Pizza out of the boxes.
One pizza was seafood, I remember that.

We finished the night with a Streets Viennetta Vanilla. We cut it in 5.
It was delicious!!!!!

We all had a fabulous time.
I remember laughing a lot.
When Liz did leave the table I asked Stephen and his wife how long they'd known Liz for?
"We've never met her before"

What a night.
She was a character.

The last of our New Season Roses arrived from Melbourne during the week.
We've potted them all up.
We have around 1800 roses in stock now.
This is the biggest selection we get all year, so if you love Roses, come and see us now.

Red Roses

  • The Macarthur Rose
  • Avon
  • Mister Lincoln
  • Double Delight
  • Dark Desire
  • Burgundy Iceberg
  • Black Beauty
  • Black Forest
  • Bordeaux
  • Dwarf Fairy
  • Delightful Parfuma
  • Fruity Parfuma
  • Fire Fighter
  • First Crush
  • Sir Donald Bradman
  • No Surrender
  • Oklahoma
  • RSL Rose
  • Gallipoli Centenary Rose
  • Harry Wheatcroft
  • Fathers Love
  • Fragrant Charm
  • Papa Meilland
  • The Mandalay Rose
  • Camp David
  • Black Velvet
  • Summer Holiday

Yellow Roses

  • Helmut Schmidt
  • Spek's Yellow
  • Gold Bunny
  • Golden Beauty
  • Golden Celebration
  • Friesia
  • Lioness
  • Slim Dusty
  • Kings Randsom
  • St Patrick
  • Limelight
  • My Yellow
  • Sunny Sky
  • Soul Mate
  • Go for Gold
  • Outback Angel
  • Winter Sun

Pink Roses

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Earth Angel
  • Cherry Bomb
  • Perfume Delight
  • Perfume Passion
  • Perfume Perfection
  • Cecile Brunner
  • Best Friend
  • Fiona's Wish
  • First Love
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Jacaranda
  • Many Happy Returns
  • Peace
  • Princesse de Monaco
  • Fragrant Cloud
  • Maria Callas
  • McLeods Daughter
  • In Appreciation
  • Scentimental
  • Pink Peace
  • The Children's Rose
  • Blushing Pink Iceberg
  • Candy Stripe
  • Flamingo
  • Mother's Love
  • Paradise
  • Forget me not
  • Wedding Bells
  • Fairytale Magic
  • Heaven on earth
  • My Hero
  • Jane Mc Grath
  • Unconventional Lady
  • Bathsheba
  • Sweet Memory
  • Coconut Ice
  • First Crush
  • Heaven Scent
  • Cabana
  • Abracadabra
  • Falling in LOVE xox
  • It's Magical
  • Lilac Wine
  • Beautiful Girl
  • Summer Romance
  • The Fairy
  • Sweet Intoxication

White Roses

  • Pope John Paul 11
  • Pascali
  • Iceberg
  • Madame Anisette

Blue Roses

  • Ebb Tide
  • Adorable
  • Blue Moon
  • Angel Face
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Fragrant Plum
  • Thank You Rose
  • Blackberry Nip


  • Apricot Nectar
  • Bengali
  • Gold Medal
  • Buff Beauty
  • Las Vegas
  • Roald Dahl
  • Julia's Rose
  • Just Joey
  • Brandy
  • Dame Elizabeth Murdoch
  • The Lady Gardener

Climbing Roses

  • Pierre de Ronsard
  • Blushing Pierre de Ronsard
  • Gold Bunny
  • Blue Moon
  • Just Joey
  • Peace
  • Mr Lincoln
  • Iceberg

200mm potted roses range in price from $34.99 to $39.99.

Standards 90cm $79.99

  • Blue Moon
  • Double Delight
  • Mother's Love
  • Perfume Passion

600mm Standards $59.99.

See store for varieties.

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Happy gardening